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Hight's 330-mph blast highlights Sunday testing in Las Vegas

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Robert Hight has made fewer than 40 runs in a fuel Funny Car and he's yet to enter his first official event, yet he possesses something that only four other Funny Car drivers have - a 330-mph time slip. Although temperatures were slightly warmer than they had been during the previous two days of the Las Vegas test, Hight improved on his personal best with a 4.750, 330.55 effort in his Jimmy Prock-tuned Auto Club Ford. Hight joins John Force, Whit Bazemore, Tony Pedregon, and Gary Scelzi as the only Funny Car drivers to top 330, albeit unofficially.  Hight shared the spotlight with his Force Racing teammate, Eric Medlen, who made the quickest run of the weekend with a 4.744 yesterday.

"We're trying a bit of a new combination that it similar to what's in John's car," said Medlen. "They say that low E.T. in testing is kind of meaningless, but I don't really feel that way. It actually feels pretty good to post a big number right off the bat. Hopefully, this sets the tone for the rest of the season."

Thirteen-time POWERade champ Force also got into the act with back-to-back runs of 4.752 and 4.758, 324.12 run in his Castrol Start Up Mustang.

All told, Funny Car drivers combined to make 10 4.7-second runs Sunday. In addition to the three Team Force cars, Schumacher Racing drivers Whit Bazemore (4.750), Ron Capps (4.759), and Gary Scelzi (4.777), turned in representative efforts.

"Basically, we got the car to do what we wanted it to do and that's always a positive sign," said Scelzi, who has made several runs in excess of 325-mph in his Mopar/Oakley Dodge. "This is my third year with this team and it's amazing how we've grown together. More often than not, Zippy [crew chief Mike Neff] and I don't have to say anything to each other. We pretty much know what the other one is thinking."

Another driver who has plenty of reason for optimism this season is Tommy Johnson Jr., who improved upon Saturday's 4.810 with a 4.785 at 325.69 mph. Del Worsham made just one run Sunday, but it was a good one with a 4.795 from his Checker Schuck's Kragen Monte Carlo.

Top Fuel drivers had a bit tougher time tackling the surface at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Amato Racing driver Morgan Lucas ran an early shut off 4.68 at just 306.33 mph.

Several drivers plan to remain in Las Vegas on Monday in order to make more test runs before heading to Phoenix for next weekend's test session at Firebird Raceway.

Hightís 330-mph blast tops Sunday Las Vegas testing at